October 2009 · · PAGE 310.
October 3, 2009: When Marty and I were walking
across to the west side of the field to leave, he realized his camera was no longer
clipped on his belt. He went back to the lunch area to retrieve it. He took
this picture from the west side of the landing strip of the "P-51" RV-8 as it
was taxiing out for an after lunch flight over the field.
This RV-4 was also to be a part of the lunchtime aerial entertainment.
One local steam engine enthusiast brought this trailer with different sizes of
old farm machinery engines. You can see the largest one is chugging along the
old-fashioned way as they did before Henry Ford popularized the internal combustion
This view looking East puts things in perspective with the location of the
dining area tents and the new hangar seen on the previous pages.
This view shows the back row of airplanes where we parked early this morning.
One of the Beech V-tailed Bonanza airplanes is parked on the end of the row.
Another RV is just beyond the Bonanza. The maroon color of Rich Nadig's
Harmon Rocket almost makes it invisible. Wendell's yellow RV-8 is next in line with
my RV-9A just barely visible before the silver motor home.
One of the ultra-light airplanes is on the end of the second row with the red,
white, and blue tail. The Rotax engine is mounted up in front of the wing. The
front row shows a couple of RV's on the end, and experimental high-wing, a Cessna
tail-dragger, another expermental, and just barely visible on that row as seen in front of
the ultra-light, is the other V-tail Bonanza.
The RV-8 and RV-4 that were parked in front of my airplane were up doing some
fly-bys and mild aerobatics for the crowd. The open space where they were parked
made it easy for me to get out for departure.
Heading back to Lawrenceville, I climbed to 5,500 MSL again to take advantage
of the good tailwinds. This photo is taken at 1:32 PM as we were crossing the town
of Cartersville. The ground fog has dissipated and we get a good view of the dam at
Lake Allatoona. Interstate highway 75 and US 41 are on this side of the lake.
That is the Etowah River flowing from the dam toward our position, and continuing west to
I had Marty flying the airplane as I took a series of photos of Allatoona Dam.
I took this photo about 1 minute later and processed the photo for contrast and
balance. You can see the white water from the flood gates coming over the top of the
I took this photo less than a minute later with the camera lens zoomed a small
amount. The electric power house is at the bottom right side of the dam adjacent to
the flood gates spillway.
I took this one with the lens set at full zoom and it shows in the lack of
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